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Friday, May 30, 2014

Celebrating Some "Small" and "Not So Small" Things



VIKLIT
Joy spreads throughout me when I look at the thoroughly dusted and tidy desk. Yep. It's a small but celebratory moment to be able to see the top of my desk again. 

Blessing of the Hot Rods May 2014
This is a small thing, and I want to take it home. 


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If you haven't submitted your entry for the Write Club, you have until tomorrow, May 31. 

Enter by emailing your  500 words to klhtravel@gmail.com

For all the rules go to this page DL HAMMONS


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Several people have offered to help me with my launch of Double Negative. Thank you all. I'll be in touch with you as soon as I have more information about the cover, the actual launch date etc. I'm still at the "Coming Soon" stage of the process, so if anyone else wants to lend a hand leave that in a comment. 




DOUBLE NEGATIVE, EVERNIGHT TEEN


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In honor of Maya Angelou, a few of her words that struck a chord with me.


1928-2014
What a beautiful DASH she has.


"This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before."

"We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance."

What are your small celebrations this Friday? Are you joining the Write Club this year? Can you help me with my launch? What are some of your favorite Maya Angelou words?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Monday

There's too much happening to post about only one item. So today I'll post a lot of different ones.




Starting with Cherie Reich's new book. 
Here it is! 
 "Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate."


To purchase: Amazon | Createspace | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo | Nook | OmniLit |Smashwords | Other Retailers





If you haven't read the letters authors have written to their younger, less experienced selves, you must. But wait! CARRIE BUTLER and PK HREZO are putting these together into an eBook and you'll be able to read the collection when that's available.



1961-2014

On a sadder note, I just found out that one of my favorite blogger/writers has passed away. Cynthia Chapman Willis was a beautiful person who couldn't win her fight with cancer. We exchanged emails for a while because my niece was going through the same ordeal. I will miss Cynthia's kindness and her lovely spirit. Her sister created a post on Cynthia's BLOG. It's a perfect tribute.

My thoughts on this Memorial Day: "May our words be more beautiful than the silence they fill."

I'm flying a flag for you, Dad.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Celebrating the Small Things and Double Negative Goes to Evernight Teen

Thanks VIKLIT



This week has been busy. I weeded the garden, cleaned the deck, de-fleaed the cat and signed a contract for my young adult book, Double Negative. 

Thanks, EVERNIGHT TEEN for taking on one of my books.

Their plan is to publish an eBook in July, and if I sell a couple, they'll put it up as  POD paperback.


So I have lots of things to CELEBRATE this Friday. 




EVERNIGHT TEEN ON FACEBOOK

If you can give me a hand spreading the word, I'd love it. I don't have specific dates yet, but as soon as I do I'll contact anyone who leaves a comment saying they'd like to help. 

And here I was planning on taking it easy in June. Guess not this year.



Have you joined the WRITE CLUB yet? No? Well, get cracking. You have until May 31 to sub your entry and enter the fray. Talk it up a bit, too. #writeclub2014


DL HAMMONS

I leave you with this to consider: "I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done."

Monday, May 19, 2014

How I Found The Write Path, A Letter to Novice Me

CARRIE BUTLER and PK HREZO

When Carrie posted this, I was really thinking, "I'm not going to be able to write anything after finishing the A to Z Challenge, but it came easily. I guess it was meant to be. And this seemed like a great way to share something of my story about how I began and maybe help newer writers. 

So, here's my older self writing a note to my newer self. Be sure to go to some others who are doing this. Here's the link to the SIGN UP PAGE. It should be interesting to read their notes

Dear Lee (the one with fewer wrinkles),

Remember the day you signed your first contract? How could you forget it, right? You’d just stepped across a line you didn’t think you ever would. You were on your way to being an author who published fiction. In the next few months you worked hard, you met your line edit deadlines, and then the book came out. 


Grafixer, Morguefiles

Wait. 

Not exactly.

Remember, you’d arranged for a book signing at a major bookstore, but no books showed up. Not until you harangued the publisher and had them ship ten special delivery. Books came. That afternoon. Very close call.

The following year you signed another contract for a new book. Yay! Crossed another line, didn’t you? You weren’t going to be a one book author of fiction. All smiles, you flew to Florida to present a paper at the NCTE and to sign your new book at your publisher’s booth. Only. . .guess what?  No new books arrived, so you signed your first one. 

Did you notice a pattern? Of course, you did, but you were writing. You were happy. Well, you were until the publisher announced they were shutting down their young adult imprint. Goodbye. Nice knowing you. 


Anitapepper, Morguefiles


And then you had the joy of wresting your rights back. That only took a few months of nastiness, but you did it, and you put your stories out as ebooks, which the publisher had refused to do. You must still be scratching your head about that one. 

Looking back, those were rough days, but here’s what you learned: you can write well enough to interest people in reading your stories, with all of the changes in publishing, you have other options as an author, and you look for and take advantage of them. Most of all, you learned not to depend on publishers to get the word out about your books. You should expect some help, but a lot of marketing is up to you.

That last lesson led you to learning more than you ever thought possible about marketing. You were a nincompoop at blogging, but you started doing it anyway. You didn't know how to use any of the social media very well. Facebook was a mystery, but you managed to understand its strangeness and began using it as part of your marketing plan. Twitter became a great resource to put out word about your blog, your books, you. I see you pop up on LinkedIn and goodreads, too. And you’ve managed to talk your books onto some bookstore shelves. You’re doing workshops and book presentation every year at bookstores, libraries and schools. So I’d say it’s a good thing you learned a bit about marketing, even if you did it a tad late.

I know you didn’t expect to have your publisher close its doors, but while that was a terrible blow, you found something out about the publishing industry that’s darned positive. Authors are the best support you’ll ever find. When you network with them, they are the first to say, “How can I help you?” They’ll blog about your books. They’ll buy and read and review them. They understand what this industry is about, and they appreciate authors who don’t give up and who offer support in return.

If you could change something about this writing journey, my bet is you’d change your preparation for the business side things. Knowing more about marketing ahead of publication would have served you well. Am I right? Having a network of people willing to give you a shout out, would have helped a lot. Of course, if you had known some of the basic writer lingo you wouldn’t have had to scramble to catch up with your more savvy writer friends. ARC? Trim Size? Galleys? You were a novice. So glad you’re not one of those anymore.


All my best, Lee (the one with more wrinkles)

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DL HAMMONS is taking sign up until May 31 for THE WRITE CLUB. You might want to join.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Celebrating the Release of COME BACK by Melissa Maygrove




Available May 12, 2014 from Truelove Press

Cover design by Carrie Butler,


Sometimes a single choice alters the course of a person’s life forever.


Left behind by everyone she loves...
Rebecca Garvey had the promise of a California future dreams are made of, until the wagon train her family was traveling with left her behind. Now she’s slowly dying in the wilderness, abandoned and stripped of her self-worth. Once the shock of her desertion turns to embittered despair, she doesn’t want to be found. Then a handsome stranger challenges her convictions and changes her mind. 

Does COME BACK sound just a little delicious? 
I see you nodding, so you're only a click away from starting to read it.

Amazon / Kindle / Barnes and Noble  / Nook / Kobo  


Thanks VIKLIT


Now to help with this Friday's Celebration, here's something more from Melissa. She's very generously shared her plan for marketing her book. Take it away, Melissa!

"C. Lee asked me to tell you how I organized my book’s cover reveal and release tours and delivered the info to my blogging friends. Below is my list of tips...

First, you have to have blogging friends. You get them by building a writer’s blog and visiting other writers’ blogs on a regular basis. It seems simple, but you’d be surprised how many writers don’t bother building a social media platform or don’t know how.

By the time I published my debut, I had been blogging for over 2 years and had nearly 2000 followers on Twitter.

Next, a few months before release day, you have to come up with a plan. 

Here are some things to keep in mind:


  • Timing matters. Ex: Your book cover has to be finished before you can reveal it. Plan your tours (your whole publishing schedule, for that matter) accordingly.  I made a document with weekly tasks for myself and struck them through when they were done.
  • Writers have different blogging schedules. If you give them a choice of dates, they’ll be more likely to help you. You also need to take the state of the blogosphere into consideration. (I had to do my cover reveal early to miss AtoZ.)
  • Same thing goes for content. I do my promo ‘buffet style.’ I send lots of options (short post, long post, big cover image, small 3D render, sample tweets, sample Facebook posts, etc.) and let my helpers choose what they want.
  • Sending out one mass email with images and details is easier than sending 30, 40, 50 individual ones. Create some kind of sign-up form and kill a flock of birds with one stone. 
  • BUT get permission from bloggers before contacting them with promo. If you don’t, it’s spam. (All I did to get folks to sign up was post a link to a Google form along with a humble request. Then I BCCd their addresses in the emails to protect their privacy.)
  • Create a press page on your blog or website (if you’re to the publishing stage, you should really have a website) so promoters can find all your author stuff in one place. For official bio, links, and head shot, you can simply send them there.
  • Prepare guest posts and excerpts ahead of time so, when people request them, you can quickly pull them from a file and attach. Be sure to make note of word count (I include that in the document’s title). Doing both will save you a TON of time.
  • Compile a list of bloggers who are posting for you (by date) and mention / link them on your blog. Show your gratitude! Posting promo for them in return is fair play, too. 


If you’re organized and if you make it easy for your writer buddies, they’ll be much more likely to help. :)"

Thanks so much, Melissa. Did her step by step plan help you? Do you have other suggestions to add? Hope you'll support her release.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Reflections-A to Z Blog Challenge Redux


You may have briefly seen this post last week, but that was do to pilot error. What with my scrambled April brain, a few home disasters (DISASTER POST in case you missed it) and two book events, I published this on the wrong day. I caught the mistake, but a few people saw it before I could make the change. Vacation sounds very good about now.




If you have time, Sliding on the Edge just got another REVIEW that made me happy. Always appreciate it when you chime in. And you might consider connecting with The Book Sage. He's fair, he reads, he writes reviews. Oh, and did I forget to mention. . .he buys your book. :-)





I procrastinated about doing the challenge for a third year. I had a lot going on, but then who didn’t? Once I asked myself that question, I tossed out my first excuse. 

But I had another one. I couldn’t think of a theme that I wanted to spend time on for a whole month. 

Besides, (and here’s my last excuse) what a drag to be inside at a computer when I could be outside having fun in the April weather?

Still, a lot of people I enjoy visiting were going to be in the challenge, and I didn’t want miss out. That started me thinking about all the great posts I’d read last year and all I’d learned. And bam, that’s when my theme came to me. 

Morgue Files: GaborfromHungry


I called it the Mystery Blogger Contest. I featured one blogger each day, posting what they had written for that letter in 2013. To win, visitors had to guess who the Mystery Blogger was, but to be fair to new A to Z’ers I gave points for “glibness” or for adding to the information in the posts. 

So here’s what this theme did for me: 

It saved me time. I didn’t have to actually write the posts. They were already done. I could still have a lot going on AND do the A to Z Challenge.

Because the posts were so varied, I was interested in putting them up and revisiting them.

And I had fun because each day people either guessed or gave me “glib” comments that made me chuckle.

In thinking about why I chose the 2013 posts to use for this contest, or why I’d choose posts if I repeated this theme another time here’s what I came up with. 

They 

  • were fun for me
  • challenged my brain
  • informed me
  • had variety
  • were well-written ( I appreciate good grammar and spelling and hate it when I screw up on either)
  • were easy to read
  • had no word verification (hate WV)
  • had no form that had to be filled out each time I commented
  • were written by bloggers who returned my support with comments, tweets or fb posts (it’s good to show that the time you take is recognized)
Reflecting on this year's Challenge, I found that these were also the characteristics that pulled me back to the blogs that I visited regularly, so they will be ones I will strive to achieve in my posts this coming year.

Hats off to all who entered and finished! And thanks to those who put this together and then did a lot of work to make it successful.

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Tina @ Life is Good
Damyanti @ Amlokiblogs
Jeremy @ Being Retro
Nicole Ayers - The Madlab Post



If you've got a book coming, let ME know. This summer I'm dedicating a lot of space to people with book launches or giveaways or awards to show off.






Friday, May 9, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things AND Champion In Flight

Thanks VIKLIT


Yesterday the washing machine broke and flooded the laundry room floor.
The cat had a major hairball event.
The puppy ate the orchid.
The sink clogged.

Today I'm Celebrating that my husband has "fixed" the washing machine.
The cat is in the sun, grooming and smiling as cats do.
The puppy is well and home with his real mom.
The sink. . .well, it's slow, but sure.



And then we have to give a huge 
HURRAH
to
Tyrean Martinson 
as we 
REVEAL
her
COVER!
THE SECOND BOOK IN THE CHAMPION TRILOGY

About Champion in Flight

A year after she won the battle for Septily, Clara feels trapped in Skycliff by the Allied Council. As the last pieces of information about the Healing Caves fall into place, Clara is attacked by an assassin. Covert Drinaii mercenaries and the Council aren’t going to stop Clara from her quest to heal her broken blade. As Champion of Aramatir, she must act.
Meanwhile, in the joint kingdoms of Rrysorria and Wylandria, the youngest and still cursed swan prince, despairs of ever being whole again. In a moment of anger and desperation, Liam discovers a blood link between him and a dark sorceress. 

Clara won the battle for Septily, but her battle isn’t over.


   About the Author


Tyrean Martinson lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Dragonfold and Other Adventures, and Light Reflections showcase her short stories and poetry. She is currently at work on the third novel of The Champion Trilogy: Champion’s Destiny

And Please Visit the Author

Tyrean Martinson's 
BLOG 
FACEBOOK 

I hope your weekend is perfect: that all your machines function properly, that your cat/dog/hamster/rabbit is happy and well, that all your sinks remain unclogged, and that you Celebrate every single moment.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

IWSG

I'm late! 

I overslept. 

I forgot to be INSECURE TODAY.


Thanks ALEX


Actually, I'm not Insecure today. I've decided that for the month of May I'm going to refuse to allow my nail biting,  stomach-churing, headache-producing self-doubts to creep in. 

Nope not once.

"How does she do it?" You ask, wringing your hands and leaning in for my bit of wise advice.

Here's my answer--actually three answers. . .and all pictorial. 

One Sniff and Poof Go the Insecurities


Insecure? What's that?

Yumm. Can't be Insecure and eat blackberries at the same time.


Monday, May 5, 2014

River Fairchild and Dragon's Lament

YOU CAN BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON


A Dragon's Lament Book two of the Jewels of Chandra series is out now!


Magic is real. So is betrayal.

David enters the Fire Kingdom and events shift from bad to worse. He learns a shocking truth about the dragons, a truth destined to block his efforts to retrieve the lost magic of Shaylar from the ruling Council.  After a cave-in and injuries force a rescue, David finds himself more isolated than before as personal concerns scatter his trusted advisors and the wizard who led him there abandons him.

The head of the dragon Council negotiates separate deals with both David and his father, sowing further discord between them. David's close friend, Lothan, disappears into the caves and doesn't return. A group of dissidents kidnap Wilks, the child empath David is sworn to protect. With no options left, he accepts the Council's demands to help them in their centuries-old conflict, risking a war which might kill them all.

Even if David manages to win, there's no guarantee the dragons will let him leave the region alive. They don't want the Kingdom of Shaylar to rise again and will stop at nothing to see it remain a pile of dust.

River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.

Some other place around the globe that give you an opportunity to buy River's new book.


Amazon UK    


Also available in paperback

YAHOO for River! Hope you'll spread the word the help her book into the world.

If you've got a book coming, let ME know. This summer I'm dedicating a lot of space to people with book launches and giveaways or awards to show off.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Last A to Z Winner and I'm Celebrating



We did it! 

A to Z in 26 days.


It's hard not to pop the champagne cork, but it's only 5AM here at the moment, so I think I'll wait a bit. But I won't wait to announce the last winner of the Mystery Blogger contest and give you the answers to the last three bloggers featured on my A to Z.


X= L. Diane Wolfe
Y= e.a.s. deemers
Z= Julie Flanders


On the last round lots of people guessed the Mystery Bloggers, but Samantha Readstreak added that touch of glibness (we won't mention the bribes of wine and catnip) that shot her score up. So, Sam, email me and I'll send you that signed copy of Princess of Las Pulgas.


Thanks VIKLIT
  Medeia Sharif has a new book out.






I'll be posting more books that are coming this May and June from

Tyrean Martinson
Melissa Maygrove
River Fairchild
Pam Torres

I'm beginning to feel like a slug surrounded by all of this productivity! 

If you've got a book coming, let me know. This summer I'm dedicating a lot of space to people with book launches and giveaways or awards to show off.